Why you should go: Jungles, divine beaches, deserts, mountainous retreats, and Incan history — for an omnivorous traveler, who loves an array of terrains and speeds, it may as well be paradise. Lima has become the gastronomic capital of Latin America, and worth any foodie’s visit. From there, it’s a 90-minute flight to Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former southern capital of the Inca Empire. Today, Incan fingerprints are still all over Cusco, its people, and its architecture. Cusco also happens to be the jumping-off point to get to Machu Picchu, one of the most spectacular sites in the world that is a must-visit.
Why you should go right now: The country is going through a musical renaissance, with a growing electro-cumbia scene, re-issue movement, and global acknowledgement of the country’s contribution to the global music narrative. Acts like the borderline Dadaist Dengue Dengue Dengue and the neo-Afro-Peruvian NOVALIMA are making waves in the European touring circuit, while European acts (namely British dubstep producer Mala) are taking big influences from the Latin state. Visiting Peru and exploring the underground music hive is definitely worth a punt, and one of the most interesting scenes in the world right now.